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Walditch, Dorset

Historical Description

Walditch, a parish in Dorsetshire, 1½ mile E of Bridport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bridport Acreage, 295; population, 175. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, with Christ Church, Bridport, £170. The church, rebuilt in 1863, is in the Early English style.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Poor Law unionBridport1836 -

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1637. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Walditch, 1738-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, rebuilt about 1863, is a small building of stone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, south porch and a western turret containing one bell; the aisle arcade is supported by octagonal piers with moulded capitals; there are three lancet lights at the east end of the chancel; the original Norman font still remains; the church affords 140 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Walditch was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1894

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Walditch from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Walditch are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT6
Post TownBridport